Christmas Cookies and Memory

I love baking cookies. It’s one of those things I wish I did with the kids more, but I’m just not a very good baker. There are very few recipes that I can actually pull off because I’m not that great with details and baking is a science. Not really my forte.

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And sometimes … just sometimes, we get it right, and tonight was one of those nights. One of my favorite bloggers also happens to share recipes that are so simple I can’t even mess them up. When Lisa shared on Instagram that she had a favorite frosted tea cookie recipe, I knew it was the cookie for me.

thumb_IMG_9819_1024The boys and I made the dough earlier in the day and let is sit in the fridge until after dinner. We all (Daddy too!) pitched in to get two pans of cookies filled, and while we waited, we played a couple of games of Memory together.

Once the cookies cooled, I frosted the cookies while the boys took turns adding sprinkles. Daddy kept Timmy from getting more frosting on the shaker than on the cookies, but that’s neither here nor there.

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thumb_IMG_9822_1024 thumb_IMG_9823_1024 These were the best cookies we have ever made. By far my favorite experience of cookie baking. Definitely saving this recipe for next time. The only problem we found was that the cookie dough was so good, the boys were a little full by the time the finished product arrived on the table. 😉

A Visit to Virginia to Get a Break from the Snow

We took a trip to Virginia to get a break from the snow – and to see family of course. Plus Mark quit his job so it was a good time to get away and just take a break from LIFE.

It was so nice to be in short sleeved shirts, playing outside, and taking in the sun again! We had a lot of wonderful family time and created so many memories that I doubt I will ever forget.

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These two are inseparable. There bond was instant, and I’m sure lasting. DSC_0035

Selfies with Aunt Heather, of course!DSC_0039

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IMG_7587_1024Nannie was itching to feed the baby. 😉IMG_7683_1024Superhero Timmy! We tried so hard to not get a blurry picture, but my phone just wasn’t cooperating.

IMG_7699_1024I’ve never seen a family as crazy about ice cream as this family.

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One day was just way too pretty to sit inside. Plus the daffodils were in bloom so I had to pull out the camera. Wait until you see these pictures! I am so glad I pulled out the big camera.gloucester visit-2-2 gloucester visit-3-2 gloucester visit-4-2 gloucester visit-5-2 gloucester visit-6-2 gloucester visit-7-2 gloucester visit-8-2 gloucester visit-9-2 gloucester visit-10-2 gloucester visit-11-2 gloucester visit-12-2

I just love the details of this picture. The rolls, the curled toes, the little fingers, the baby daffodils…I could go on and on.gloucester visit-13-2 gloucester visit-14-2 gloucester visit-15-2 gloucester visit-16-2 gloucester visit-17-2 gloucester visit-18-2

Sam keeping Timmy from eating the daffodils. gloucester visit-19-2 gloucester visit-20-2

Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the daffodils. gloucester visit-21-2

And gear up for family pictures!


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We took a walk around Williamsburg on another day. Man, the weather was just beautiful while we were in Virginia! DSC_0024_1024 DSC_0032_1024IMG_7642_1024

Sam had his first sleepover at Aunt Heather’s and Uncle Ray Ray’s. We expected to have to pick him up, but we never got the call. So sweet!


The Daffodil festival was also going on while we were there. This was my first time to make it to one even though I’d heard so much about it. It was wonderful! The kids had fun and we met a lot of people…well, I met a lot of people. haha!DSC_0065_1024 DSC_0069_1024 DSC_0080_1024 DSC_0082_1024 DSC_0084_1024 DSC_0122_1024 DSC_0143_1024

Sam’s first pony ride. He wanted to do it again!IMG_7611_1024IMG_7710_1024

We wrapped up our time in Virginia at Busch Gardens, or as Sam lovingly referred to it – Good Bushes. 🙂IMG_7713_1024 IMG_7736_1024 IMG_7742_1024

Our time in Virginia was gloriously blessed. It was hard to leave. When it was time to say goodbye at the airport I stood with Timmy on my back, holding Sam tightly and crying right along with him. I’m so grateful for the Duttons!

Timmy Meets Pepaw

Pepaw flew in to pick up Nonnie and meet his newest grandson who shares his name.

DSC_0054_1024We took a hike one day which was wonderful! Fish Creek Falls is a simple enough hike but beautiful to see.

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Look at that stretch! Someone likes the sun. DSC_0151_1024 DSC_0158_1024 DSC_0171_1024

On another day, we took them to another part of the mountain to test out the Alpine Slide. I’d say everyone had a blast. Timmy and I hung out at the base just enjoying the weather and sun.DSC_0182_1024 DSC_0184_1024 DSC_0187_1024 DSC_0194_1024 DSC_0202_1024It was such a wonderful weekend. We are so grateful for Nonnie’s help these last several weeks. I don’t know what we’d do without her.

A Surprise Visitor on Our Walk

IMG_4164_1024I took Sam for a walk on the Core Trail this morning because this pregnant mama needed some exercise, and we encountered a surprise! We see a lot of elk and moose around here, but a deer isn’t as common. It reminded me of home. I miss home sometimes.

Sam and I sat and watched it for a long time before walking on. I love how interested he is in nature and even has the proper voice to keep the animals we encounter from spooking. Such an amazing kid.

I think I might have walked a little too far though. I’m pooped and sore!